Pandora Gets Sirius Suitor to Put a Ring On It

Pandora Gets Sirius Suitor to Put a Ring On It

It’s official. Sirius has reached an agreement to invest $480 million in Pandora, purchasing a 19 percent stake in the streaming music service. The satellite radio service had been circling Pandora for some time, prompting rumors of an outright purchase. This agreement, which will take weeks to conclude, is the best of both worlds for Padora, guaranteeing […]

Playlists – Art and Science

Playlists – Art and Science

Pitchfork plumbed the depths of playlists, providing a fascinating insight on music marketing and analytics. Record labels are eager to hire those who have established track records of peer-to-peer playlist popularity. “I can see a time coming when the playlist creator becomes just as important an element in the process as the artists being featured,” Spotify […]

Dominican Bassist Plucks Grammy Scholarship

Dominican Bassist Plucks Grammy Scholarship

Ernesto Núñez, a 22-year-old electric bass player from the Dominican Republic, has been awarded the Miguel Bosé Scholarship by the Latin Grammy Cultural Foundation. The award, which has a maximum value of $200,000 over four years, was presented today at Berklee College of Music in Boston, where Núñez plans to earn a bachelor’s degree in contemporary writing […]

BuzzAngle Shazams Data

BuzzAngle Shazams Data

Analytics firm BuzzAngle Music is integrating global data from Shazam, one of the world’s most popular apps. The agreement is a coup for BuzzAngle Music, marking the first time Shazam data is available in a comprehensive analytics platform. The data provided from Shazam includes the number of Shazams for every song within a given market and country, […]

Apple Music Tops 27 Million and other WWDC news

Apple Music Tops 27 Million and other WWDC news

Apple Music has topped the 27 million subscriber mark, announcing the benchmark at the Apple Worldwide Developers Conference today at the San Jose Convention Center. That’s a 7 million improvement over December, when the company announced it had achieved 20 million paying subscribers in the two years since the service launched, a 35 percent improvement in the second […]

Cooper Counts Industry PROs and Cons

Cooper Counts Industry PROs and Cons

The music industry has enjoyed a revenue surge, but artists are making half what they did in 2000, attorney Jay Cooper pointed out in the  “best of times, worst of times” opener to his SESAC Visionary Award acceptance speech. Cooper — who helped found Greenberg Traurig’s West Coast entertainment practice and has an enviable portfolio […]

‘Band Aid’

Indie film Band Aid, a 2017 Sundance drama contender and the directorial debut of Zoe Lister-Jones, draws on the talents of Brooklyn pop quartet Lucius for the tale of a couple that decides to form a band to try to save their marriage. The group has had a productive history with film and TV, landing […]

‘Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Sweet’s “Fox on the Run” is used to fun effect in the trailer to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, but to hear Tyler Bates impressive score, which develops themes from the first Guardians film, released in 2014, click below. Bates has developed a rapport with galactic helmsman James Gunn, with whom he also teamed […]

‘Alien Covenant’

Jed Kurzel’s moody score to Ridley Scott’s latest entry in the Aliens franchise can be heard on the trailer but you can hear the entire theme in the clip below. The film, which stars Michael Fassbinder, Billy Crudup and Katherine Waterston, was released by Twentieth Century Fox on May 19. Australian singer-songwriter Kurzel’s previous project […]

‘Wonder Womam

Sia’s theme song “To Be Human,” featuring Labyrinth, and a score by composer Rupert Gregson-Williams are the musical highlights from the Warner Bros. film Wonder Woman, which hit theaters June 2. Williams has also been working this year on the TNT series The Alienist. Here is the theatrical trailer.